Members of Britain’s royal family gathered in Windsor, England, for the funeral of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II and the longest-serving consort in the history of the monarchy. He died at age 99 on April 9.

Here’s what took place:

  • Philip’s coffin was transported from Windsor Castle to St. George’s Chapel in a Land Rover he helped design.
  • Family members followed on foot, with the queen in the state Bentley at the rear. Princes Harry and William walked with their cousin Peter Phillips between them, feeding speculation of continuing tensions.
  • The queen sat alone during the funeral.
  • All aspects of the funeral plan — code named “Operation Forth Bridge” — were modified to comply with coronavirus restrictions. The guest list was limited to 30. Mourners wore face masks and refrained from singing.
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‘Now seemingly alone’: Mourners wonder about future for widowed queen

For many of those gathered outside of Buckingham Palace on Saturday, the tributes to Prince Philip also were bound tightly with questions about how 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth II will manage without her partner of more than seven decades.

“Most of the country are behind the queen, who is now seemingly alone,” said Richard Webb, 61. The queen, he added, was also “going through other stuff right now with her family.” Asked if he was referring to the break by Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, known as Megxit, he said: “Yes.”

“The queen has tried not to inflame things as far as I can see,” he said. “Things must be very hurtful for Meghan and the whole family but my sympathies lie with the queen.”

Kate Hatt, 46, a teaching assistant from Kent, said she was unsure of the future of the British monarchy.

“The Queen and Prince Philip are what we see as the traditional royal family,” she said. “So much has changed. When the queen goes, too, a lot of people’s respect for the royal family will go. We need to hold onto it while we can.”

The queen, who turns 95 next week, has already taken part in royal engagements following Philip’s death.

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Prince William and Prince Harry walk together after funeral

Princes William and Harry sat on opposite sides of St. George’s Chapel. But after the funeral of Prince Philip, the two brothers — whose relationship has reportedly been on the rocks amid Harry’s rift with the royal family — walked together on their way out.

Saturday was the first time Harry has appeared publicly with the royal family since he and his wife Meghan sat down for a high-profile interview with Oprah Winfrey in March. Meghan, who is pregnant, remained at the couple’s home in California.

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The chapel’s vacant places show pandemic’s grip amid the mourning

As the choir sang, the BBC’s live feed panned St. George’s Chapel. It looked empty, not forlorn, but so quiet. It struck one how the pandemic has changed so much, including this funeral.

St. George’s would have normally been packed to the rafters, with global celebrities and politicians and many, many others for Prince Philip’s funeral. Instead, there were just 30 members of the royal family and few friends, with heads bent, sitting socially distanced.

2:48 p.m.
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Social media users express heartbreak at scenes of queen sitting alone

Many people watching at home took to social media to express sympathy and awe for Queen Elizabeth II, who sat by herself inside the chapel during the funeral of her husband of 73 years.

Many said they were heartbroken at scenes of the monarch sitting alone, while others said the images were a nod to her strength of character — as a woman, a wife and a monarch. The term “seeing the queen” trended in Britain as many wrote about their feelings at seeing her grieving and isolated as a result of pandemic restrictions.

“Seeing The Queen sat alone, head down, is just heartbreaking,” tweeted journalist Dan Whitehead.

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‘Look at the rainbow’

Inside the chapel, the dean of Windsor read from Ecclesiasticus, which begins, “Look at the rainbow and praise its Maker,” and continues with the wonders of snow and sea and clouds:

“The eye is dazzled by their beautiful whiteness, and as they fall the mind is entranced. He spreads frost on the earth like salt, and icicles form like pointed stakes. A cold blast from the north, and ice grows hard on the water, settling on every pool, as though the water were putting on a breastplate. He consumes the hills, scorches the wilderness and withers the grass like fire. Cloudy weather quickly puts all to rights, and dew brings welcome relief after heat. By the power of his thought, he tamed the deep and planted it with islands. Those who sail the sea tell stories of its dangers, which astonish all who hear them; in it are strange and wonderful creatures, all kinds of living things and huge sea monsters. By his own action he achieves his end, and by his word, all things are held together.”

2:17 p.m.
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‘The majority of the country is thinking of the queen today’

Nigel Eggleton, 62, director of a bus company, said he was visiting London on Saturday and decided to walk by Buckingham Palace to pay his respects.

“I’m very much a royalist,” he said, “but some of my colleagues think otherwise. I think it’s just something we do remarkably well: the pomp and circumstance.” He said Prince Philip will be remembered for his service to country and queen, for the youth award program that bears his name and probably for his gaffes, “which stick in the mind.”

But he added: “I suspect the majority of the country is thinking of the queen today.”

“My wife and I have been married 32 years and aren’t even at the halfway point compared to the queen and Prince Philip,” he said.

There are no giant screens at Buckingham Palace broadcasting the funeral. Government officials appealed to people not to gather at royal residences. Eggleton said he is taping the funeral to watch later tonight.

2:10 p.m.
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Images of mourning and military tributes from Windsor

See more photos from the funeral here.

2:00 p.m.
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Queen joins funeral procession ahead of service

Queen Elizabeth II arrived at her late husband Prince Philip's funeral at St. George's Chapel on April 17. (Reuters)

Queen Elizabeth II, also wearing a black face covering, was escorted by a lady-in-waiting who sat with her in the royal Bentley as the national anthem rang out underneath blue skies at Windsor.

It is the first time the reigning monarch has been seen in public since the death of Prince Philip on April 9. She is expected to sit alone during the funeral, in line with England’s stringent coronavirus restrictions.

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'The last journey begins’

Philip’s coffin, covered with the prince’s standard and his naval cap and sword, will be placed into a long-bed Land Rover that the prince designed, and it will be flanked by pallbearers drawn from the Royal Marines, Regiments, Corps and Air Stations.

Members of the royal family and other mourners, limited to 30 guests, entered St. George’s Chapel wearing black masks, and they were greeted by David Conner, the dean of Windsor, who will officiate.

“The last journey begins,” said the BBC, as the bells from the castle’s Curfew Tower began to toll.

1:49 p.m.
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Meghan will watch funeral from her home in California

Prince Harry is attending the funeral, but his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will be watching from home in California, her press secretary said.

Meghan is pregnant with the couple’s second child, due this summer. Her doctors advised her to avoid travel. Meghan miscarried last year, a traumatic event she wrote about in the New York Times. Meghan signed a card for a wreath for Philip’s funeral.

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Philip’s coffin is placed in Land Rover he designed

Prince Philip’s coffin, covered with the prince’s standard, was placed into a long-bed Land Rover that the prince designed and was flanked by all bearers drawn from the Royal Marines, Regiments, Corps and Air Stations. Members of the royal family and other mourners, limited to 30 guests, entered St. George’s Chapel wearing black masks and were greeted by David Conner, the dean of Windsor, who will officiate.

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Across Europe, tributes to Prince Philip

On Saturday, flags flew at half-staff at Amalienborg Palace in Denmark by order of Queen Margrethe II to mark the former Danish prince’s passing. Norway’s king similarly ordered flags to be lowered Saturday to honor the English royal.

In Malta, Prince Philip’s base while serving in the navy, mourners left flowers and messages outside the Villa Guardamangia, where he and Elizabeth stayed between 1949 and 1951. Malta’s tourism authority co-organized a nine-gun salute, one for each decade of Philip’s life. Among his many distinctions, the Duke of Edinburgh was a Knight of the Order of the Seraphim in Sweden. On Saturday, the order held a ceremonial bell toll for Philip at the Riddarholm Church in Stockholm.

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Crowds gather outside Windsor Castle, defying palace plea to watch from home

Early Saturday, trains into Windsor were mostly empty and TV news crews outnumbered mourners outside Windsor Castle.

But an hour before Prince Philip’s funeral, several hundred people have arrived to stand behind barricades outside castle walls. Police told reporters they were prepared for “several thousand” people to gather in Windsor to mark the funeral.

The palace has pleaded with people not to breach the government’s pandemic restrictions, which ban mass gatherings. In the parks outside the castle, families with children, mostly socially distanced, gathered to watch the military regiments, such as the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. Images from British media showed scattered crowds.

1:21 p.m.
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Outside Buckingham Palace, flowers, cards and moments to remember Philip

On a sunny spring day at Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of Queen Elizabeth II, people paused Saturday to pay their respects to Prince Philip. There are several signs outside the palace gates asking people not to lay floral tributes. Still, some people did. One card read: “Thank you for being absolutely bloody brilliant.”

James Conner, 62, a photographer who previously served in the Royal Navy, dropped by Buckingham Palace to soak in the scene. “He was an old sailor,” he said of Philip. “People should be respectful of that. He was a sea dog who liked to have a laugh.”

He said that the funeral was “very sad for the poor queen, but she’s a top bird, she will carry on.”

Conner was disappointed that the prince’s funeral was scaled back because of pandemic restrictions. “But it shows we are all the same," he added. "They didn’t get special treatment. We’re all stuck in this covid together.”